Structural steel stilts underpin the athletics track at Hampden, Scotland’s National Stadium, as part of extensive and ambitious renovations made to the arena for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Work was carried out earlier this year to turn the usual 52,000-seater stadium into a 44,000-seat venue, with sufficient length and width to accommodate a full-sized running track.
In order to meet IAAF standards, the playing surface needed to be raised by around six feet, and a lattice of structural steel stilts allowed this to be achieved.
The result is a world-class surface that was commented upon favourably even during the BBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, before competition even began.
According to the broadcaster’s presenting team, the track surface is relatively hard – which should mean some fast times in the athletics events.
Peter Dallas, managing director of Hampden Park, looked forward to the reinvention of the venue for the Games, after which it is due to be put back to its former state.
“Everyone at Hampden is looking forward to assisting with the delivery of the Games, which will add another chapter to Hampden’s long and proud history,” he said.
“Like so many world-class footballers and rock stars before them, the athletes will savour the unique passion and energy created by a full capacity crowd at Hampden.”